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March 1, 2018 by Nancy Ruegg
(A personal psalm in honor of our Lord Jesus)
We praise you, Author and Perfecter of our Faith.
BY your death on the cross we are saved from eternal separation from you and all that is good. Your sacrifice made possible our adoption as children of the God of the universe. Your forgiveness covers every failure, and as your character permeates our own, your grace transforms us into works of art.
We praise you, Righteous One.
IN you there is no condemnation hanging over us like a black cloud. No longer must each of us wear the label sinner; we become saints when clothed in your righteousness. Who dares point the finger and cry “Guilty?” Because of you, Lord Jesus, God has already forgiven us and granted right standing with himself.
We praise you, Emmanuel (God with us).
WITH you we may live a new life of confidence that Someone stronger and wiser is in charge, Someone available day or night for whatever we need, Someone perfectly capable to take on our troubles, Someone dedicated to increasing our joy, and Someone to infuse our lives with purpose and fulfillment.
We praise you, Ruler of Creation.
TO you all things are brought into existence. Everything in creation is for your glory—from the innumerable stars spilling across the sky to the diverse creatures inhabiting every corner of our planet. As for humanity, we too are diverse—each endowed with unique gifts and talents to live for the praise of your glory.
We praise you, Great Shepherd.
FROM you we receive grace, mercy, and peace. Because of your grace, you listen to the broken heart, the guilt-ridden soul, the desperate plea. Lovingly you reply, “Come, and I will give you rest.” Out of your mercy you keep no record of wrongs. Your peace accompanies us through every storm of life.
We praise you, Lord of All.
THROUGH you we can do all things. Your perfect strength equips us for all life’s challenges, as we avail ourselves through continual, affirmative prayer. How reassuring to know “your power flows most freely into those who acknowledge their need for you” (Unknown).
We praise you, Christ Jesus our Hope.
LIKE you we will be raised from death to eternal life. That’s not just wishful thinking; it’s reliable truth. A whole body of proof corroborates the scripture record of your resurrection.* And because you came back to life, we can know beyond a shadow of doubt that eternity in heaven is guaranteed to us who put our trust in you.
Such astounding truths—too glorious for full comprehension.
But may I never cease to try.
*The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel (Zondervan, updated 2016) offers proof after proof of the resurrection, from scholars in the fields of science, history, and philosophy. The book became the basis for a movie by the same title in 2017.
Scriptures used for this post:
Author and Protector–Hebrews 12:2; Acts 4:12; Romans 8:14-15; 1 John 1:9; Ephesians 2:10.
Righteous One–1 John 2:1; Romans 8:1 MSG; Hebrews 10:14-18; Romans 8:33-34.
Emmanuel–Matthew 1:23; Romans 6:4; Daniel 2:20; Psalm 46:1; Matthew 19:26; John 15:11; Philippians 2:13.
Ruler of Creation–Colossians 1:15; Romans 11:36; Colossians 1:16; Ephesians 1:12.
Great Shepherd–Hebrews 13:2; 2 John 3; Matthew 11:28-30; 1 Corinthians 13:5; John 4:27.
Lord of All–Acts 10:36; Philippians 4:13; 2 Corinthians:9.
Christ Jesus Our Hope–1 Peter 1:3; John 5:24; 1 John 5:12.
Art & photo credits: Ephesians 2:10–www.dailyverses.net; John 14:27–dailyverses.net; 2 Corinthians 12:9–www.heartlight.org.